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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest. These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods.

Virginia announces changes in school guidance on reopening

Final decisions on how to reopen public schools in Virginia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be left up to local school boards, a state official said Thursday. Clark Mercer, Gov. Ralph Northam’s chief of staff, outlined updated guidance for Virginia schools during the governor’s regular update…

Northam affirms 1,000 patron limits for amusement parks

Gov. Ralph Northam closed the door Thursday on the possibility of a waiver for theme parks in Phase 3 of reopening, making it more likely that Busch Gardens and Water Country will not open for the height of the summer tourism season…

Virginia DMV extends deadline for renewing licenses, registrations another 90 days

Citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and health risks associated with going out, Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday extended the deadline for renewing driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations at the Department of Motor Vehicles…

400 Loudoun Small Business Will Get $5K Grants

Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development on Tuesday chose 400 of the county’s smallest businesses at random to win $5,000 grants, totaling $2 million from the county’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund….

Officials want to expand Danville airport for expected casino traffic

Officials hope to expand Danville Regional Airport to accommodate an expected increase in traffic if a casino opens in the city. The city has applied for about $220,000 from the Virginia Department of Aviation to pay for architectural services for a possible expansion…

City looks to start talks with downtown developer, skirting RFP for Public Safety Building

As the public weighs in on what they want to see developed on city-owned properties around the Richmond Coliseum, city administrators are moving forward with a process to consider a recent proposal from a developer for one of those properties…

County tweaks, reopens COVID-19 business grant program

Applications for the second round of Chesterfield County’s small business assistance program will open June 29 at noon…

Northam says state will use $50M in federal funds to help residents pay housing costs; asks circuit courts to extend bans on evictions

A total of $50 million for the state’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds will go to the new program, which the state is launching Monday….

VHSL punts on plan for fall sports

After meeting to approve its budget for fiscal year 2021 and discuss a potential schedule for the fall sports season, the VHSL Executive Committee announced that it would not put forth any recommendations on the latter at this time….

Virginia universities propose $200 million plan for coronavirus testing

The presidents of three of Virginia's largest public universities have asked the state to set aside $200 million to increase testing for the novel coronavirus on college campuses and elsewhere, arguing that the funding will be crucial to resume higher education and other activities in the coming year…

Advanced Towing Company sued by Virginia attorney general

An Arlington towing company that has infuriated local drivers for years is now facing a lawsuit from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who has asserted the zealous practices of Advanced Towing Co. are illegal…

Carrico considers gubernatorial run in 2021

Former Virginia state Sen. Bill Carrico said Thursday he is considering a run for the GOP nomination for governor in 2021. Speaking on the Virginia Free video town hall with host Chris Saxman, Carrico said current national conversations and recently filed legislation in Virginia about defunding police was a “driving force” in his interest in returning to the political arena…

US Judge Slaps Virginia Clerks With $2 Million Fee Award in First Amendment Case

A federal judge in Virginia awarded $2 million in attorney fees against two Virginia court clerks on Wednesday in a First Amendment action brought by Courthouse News on behalf of the press corps…

Supreme Court On Pace For First July Opinions In 24 Years

The U.S. Supreme Court is way behind schedule. With only a few days to hand down its 13 remaining decisions, it seems increasingly likely that the justices are going to have to release July decisions for the first time in 24 years…

More Groups Take On EPA Over Revised Clean Water Rule

The Trump administration was hit Thursday with yet another suit challenging its rule narrowing the scope of the Clean Water Act, with environmental groups citing the U.S. Supreme Court's April finding the statute can be used to regulate pollution that travels through groundwater…

C-Band Lawsuits Seen As Unlikely To Derail FCC Auction

A lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's C-Band reorganization plan is more likely to seek greater financial protection for satellite operators than it is to delay a spectrum auction or recall the agency's ruling, experts say…

Experts Say Investment Needed in Both Absentee, In-Person Voting Before November

Difficulties that emerged during Kentucky and New York's primary elections Tuesday underscore the need for more resources to accommodate voters who cast ballots by mail and in person….

Cities Delay Infrastructure Projects Amid Covid-19 Budget Uncertainty

A survey by the National League of Cities Found that more than 700 cities are cancelling or delaying infrastructure projects because of budget shortfalls caused by the pandemic….

4 observations about the coming Democratic race for governor

For those of you for whom the 2020 presidential race isn’t sufficient fun, be advised that the 2021 Virginia governor’s race is now in progress — and it looks like a doozy. The Democratic field is more formed than the Republican field, so that’s what we’ll focus on today…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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